In this article, I have shared 10 Best React Native packages, that we came across while developing our native Android app using react native. these React native packages can facilitate your workflow a lot and can bring your React native development to minimum time

React Native packages

1. react-native-navigation

Navigation is the essential part of an application. React native do not provide an inbuilt navigator component and that’s why we used an external library. The major reason for using the library created by Wix is to get native navigator. All other React native packages provide javascript implementation of the navigator. But Wix has created the native navigator library.

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A complete native navigation solution for React Native
Forks: 2092
Stars: 9675
Open issues: 199
Latest tag: v2.0.1937
git clone https://github.com/wix/react-native-navigation.git

 

2. react-native-device-info

This react native package is used to get the unique id of the mobile phone. With the help of this unique id, people can chat with app admin without the need of logging in.

Device Information for React Native iOS and Android
Forks: 773
Stars: 3531
Open issues: 115
Latest tag: v0.26.4
git clone https://github.com/rebeccahughes/react-native-device-info.git

 

3. react-native-fbsdk

This is the sdk of Facebook for react native. We have used it for Facebook login, share and keeping track of app installs.

A React Native wrapper around the Facebook SDKs for Android and iOS. Provides access to Facebook login, sharing, graph requests, app events etc.
Forks: 635
Stars: 2276
Open issues: 55
Latest tag: 0.9.0
git clone https://github.com/facebook/react-native-fbsdk.git

 

4. react-native-fetch-blob

A single library to deal with everything related to images, be it downloading or converting to base64. We used it to download images when people opt to share on whatsapp.

A project committed to making file access and data transfer easier, efficient for React Native developers.
Forks: 702
Stars: 2377
Open issues: 268
Latest tag: v0.10.9
git clone https://github.com/wkh237/react-native-fetch-blob.git

 

5. react-native-htmlview 

The text component of react native is not like websites. It won’t convert a unicode into a symbol. The data retrieved from our servers contains unicodes which works alright on website but not on app. So we used this library to convert unicodes into symbols.

A React Native component which renders HTML content as native views
Forks: 353
Stars: 1899
Open issues: 65
Latest tag: v0.13.0
git clone https://github.com/jsdf/react-native-htmlview.git

 

6. react-native-onesignal

This library provides functionality for sending tray notifications in our app. Since we were using onesignal in our website, we decided to use it for app too.

React Native Library for OneSignal Push Notifications Service
Forks: 250
Stars: 933
Open issues: 30
Latest tag: v3.0.9
git clone https://github.com/geektimecoil/react-native-onesignal.git

 

7. react-native-image-crop-picker

A wonderful library to select images and videos from the gallery of mobile phone. Our application is a social community, so posting images and videos are quite common. This library makes it very easy. At first we built our picker from cameraroll (built in react native bundle), but there was issue with fetching video thumbnails.

iOS/Android image picker with support for camera, video, configurable compression, multiple images and cropping
Forks: 669
Stars: 3026
Open issues: 217
Latest tag: v0.22.0
git clone https://github.com/ivpusic/react-native-image-crop-picker.git

 

8. react-native-restart

When a user starts our application for first time, it asks for their language preference. To globally change the language of app and content, we needed to restart our application. The requirement gave birth to search of this library.

React Native Package With One Purpose: To Restart Your React Native Project
Forks: 71
Stars: 297
Open issues: 10
Latest tag: v0.0.9
git clone https://github.com/avishayil/react-native-restart.git

 

9. react-native-share

Although there is a built in share component in react native, but it didn’t allow us to share on particular app like Whatsapp. We needed the functionality to share on Whatsapp only. Also sharing of image on whatsapp wasn’t working with built in share component. That’s why we decided to use react-native-share.

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10. react-native-socket.io-client

This library allows us to use socket.io in react native apps. Our chat functionality is based on socket.io.

A React Native wrapper for both the Swift and Java Socket.Io clients.
Forks: 58
Stars: 142
Open issues: 30
Latest tag: v0.3.0
git clone https://github.com/gcrabtree/react-native-socketio.git